Truck Killed Two Chin Refugees in New Delhi
23 February 2011: Chin refugees identified as Mr. Van Lal Uk, 18, of Singai village and Mr. Lal Uk Bik, 28, of Selawn village from Falam Township were crushed to death by a truck around 2am in New Delhi, India while on their way home from work early this morning.
The two refugees died on the spot while their Falam friend, Maung Bah in his early twenties, escaped uninjured after being thrown away onto the roadside when the big truck carrying full of goods was said to have hit their motorcyle from behind in the middle of the night.
“We all are very much saddened by this accident. As the bodies were taken by the authorities, we are still waiting for updates and we are not even sure if a funeral service could be held today,” one of the Chin community leaders told Chinland Guardian.
Mr. Maung Bah, though uninjured, is said to be still in trauma and unable to say anything about the accident, according to Khonumthung News.
No details have yet been known about the big truck as its driver disappeared in a hit-and-run accident.
Van Lal Uk and newly married Lal Uk Bik, who were the UNHCR refugee registration cardholders, worked as banqueting waiters at a wedding ceremony until midnight in New Delhi.
Chin community leaders in New Delhi are in contact with the local Indian authorities and dealing with the situation, a Chin refugee said.
There are reported cases of beatings, attempted rapes and other physical assaults perpetrated by locals against Chin refugee women and children in New Delhi, according to Chin Refugee Committee.
An estimated 10,000 Chin refugees are currently living in New Delhi after fleeing various forms of repression, discrimination and brutalities inflicted upon them by the military authorities in Chin State, Burma.
Van Biak Thang